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  • Blog Post: Opinion – Square Enix Has A Lot To Prove To RPG Fans

    I’m often asked about Square Enix’s place in the modern RPG market. I feel conflicted on the subject. The fan in me is still excited for the upcoming Kingdom Hearts III and Final Fantasy XV, while the logical part of me feels like the company has moved away from what made people fall in love... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – Going Down With The Ship

    Earlier this year I wrote that I was done looking the other way when RPGs take too long to get rolling . Too many overlong tutorial phases and drip-fed storylines have burned me out. At the end of that article I mentioned I was looking forward to playing Final Fantasy XIII-2, hoping that it didn’t... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – What Games Could Twitch Play Next?

    The success of Twitch Plays Pokémon might turn out to be an isolated phenomenon, but if it does turn out there is a market for crowd-played games, what other titles could work? The popular one often recommended by the Internet, partly in jest, is Dark Souls. If we’re really thinking it through... More
  • Blog Post: Places: Kingdom Hearts' Hollow Bastion

    There isn’t a world more iconic in all of the Kingdom Hearts series than Hollow Bastion. We were first introduced to it in Kingdom Hearts, which I came into as a kid who loved Final Fantasy. I was also a fan of Disney movies, but the real hook was seeing some of my favorite RPG characters placed... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – Knowing When To End A Story

    We’ve all played games that we didn’t want to end. Saying goodbye to a beloved world or cast of characters is difficult, but it can be even harder to watch your favorite franchises degrade over time. Rather than close the book on a popular game, some publishers send extra installments shambling... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – RPGs With Tedious Starts Shouldn’t Get A Free Pass

    Tedium is inherently subjective. Some folks like turning over every last stone on the hunt for that last powerful item. Others like grinding for hours in RPGs to maximize their entire party’s potential. However, it’s safe to assume that the broad majority of gamers are interested in having... More
  • Blog Post: Same World, Different Game

    The original incarnation of Final Fantasy XIV was a mess. It wasn’t fun, got poor reviews, and drummed up a lot of bad buzz from disappointed fans. That’s all relevant information, but you probably don’t need to be told why you didn’t play Final Fantasy XIV three years ago. However... More
  • Blog Post: Top 50 Challenge – Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn

    This is the world I was hoping to enter in Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. Why did I pick an MMO? I know that Joe Juba was pleasantly surprised by his time with Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, so I bit the hook after he offered it up as a Top 50 challenge. I love the Final Fantasy series. When... More
  • Blog Post: Fight For The Top 50 – Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn

    If you play the Final Fantasy series long enough, you come to expect certain things with each installment. Airships. Summoned monsters. Chocobos. Different entries focus on these classic elements to varying degrees, but it's safe to say that Final Fantasy XIII (and later XIII-2) disappointed many... More
  • Blog Post: The Five Most Forgettable Final Fantasy Summons

    Summoned monsters provide some of the most memorable moments in the Final Fantasy series. All fans remember the first time they saw Bahamut use megaflare, or watched the Knights of the Round take their turns dealing damage. Some of these monsters and their signature attacks have grown into iconic parts... More
  • Blog Post: Developer Salute – Square Circa 2001

    When I talk about the glory days of Japanese RPGs, or how companies “just don’t make them like they used to,” what I’m really saying is that I miss Square. During the original PlayStation era, the company was the unquestioned master of role-playing, building a following of loyal... More
  • Blog Post: The Rights And Wrongs Of Bonus Bosses

    Beating a game doesn’t always mean that the experience is over. For devoted fans, many games include additional tasks to undertake, including bonus bosses. These extra battles are often more difficult than the real final boss, giving players a sense of mastery and accomplishment for overcoming... More
  • Blog Post: Japanese RPG Publishers To Watch

    E3 always gives a great glimpse into what publishers have in store for the RPG fan. As I walked the show floor, it was easy to discover which companies are making the genre its bread and butter. Some are focusing on big games, while others are bringing over releases we never thought possible. These are... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion: Why Cliché RPGs Won’t Cut It Anymore

    The role-playing game genre's focus on stories has always drawn me. Having a reason to play beyond "let's get to the end" is a powerful lure. For over two decades, I've enjoyed watching characters grow to save the world. The ending credits always matter so much more with the added... More
  • Blog Post: Moments: Final Fantasy VII's Sephiroth Flashback

    The best game in the Final Fantasy series is a point of contention , but almost every fan acknowledges the significance (though not necessarily the superiority ) of Final Fantasy VII. With its mixture of 3D graphics, amazing cutscenes, and cool characters, Final Fantasy VII created a story that set the... More
  • Blog Post: The Best RPG Characters To Hang Out With

    I spend a lot of time in virtual worlds, but what always draws me in are the characters I explore them with. I find part of why I love role-playing games so much is the distinct personalities of these characters; they often become more than just images on the screen. Every so often while I play, I find... More
  • Blog Post: Moments: Final Fantasy VI's Coin Flip

    When we're young, nothing is more important than our pride. We want to do everything ourselves, and carve our own way in the world. However, with adulthood comes understanding that our previous triumphs only could have occurred with the invisible hands of those that we love. This rings true with... More
  • Blog Post: Editorial: How Square Enix Can Save Final Fantasy

    Final Fantasy is one of the oldest series in the industry, but longevity doesn't guarantee success. This hardware generation hasn't been easy for Final Fantasy, but as a fan from the beginning, I don't think all hope is lost for the legendary role-playing franchise. With new consoles on the... More
  • Blog Post: The PlayStation 4’s Big Unanswered Questions

    We’ve learned a lot about the PlayStation 4 since Sony revealed the console yesterday . New details concerning the system’s Blu-ray player and compatibility with second-hand games continue to trickle in, but we’re still left with some big questions. The remaining mysteries include things... More
  • Blog Post: The Games Of PlayStation 4

    From new Killzone and Infamous titles to Bungie's Destiny and Blizzard's Diablo III, companies announced a slew of games at Sony's PlayStation 4 presentation today. Here's a round-up of every story we wrote about the known PlayStation 4 games. Deep Down - Capcom Deep Down is a fantasy... More
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